I queried one agent with letter and sample pages. He wrote that the writing was very strong but didn't like some aspects of the project as he interpreted them from the query. It was a rejection. I wrote back and said he might get a different idea of the book if he looked at the complete proposal.He agreed to look at the proposal. It wound up being a no in the end, but this incident shows that you can create a dialog with an agent and attain another look.
You're joking right? You think he read it and said no? uh huh.
My momma also told me never to burn bridges. But I couldn't resist a couple of snarky responses to agents who responded with a no months after I had representation. I responded with some of the same boiler plate rejection language I had had so much of: "This is a subjective business. I'm sure you're a worthy agent and I wish you every success in finding someone to represent."I know Miss Snark says no neener, neener, but sometimes you just can't resist.I'm going to have a hard time not sending out press releases to agents who rejected me about my nice book deal--if and when I get one.
You really want to make sure people don't forget you don't you?
So...your nice book deal comes around, and you send out books for blurbs. You think agents don't field those requests? You think agents are always agents and don't move around to other jobs or more likely..the people in their offices, NYU interns and assistants, don't move around to other jobs?
Quit acting like this is some sort of personal sandbox war in the first grade and that bad girl pulled your bobby sox down and called you a poopie head. Suck it up. Act with some degree of graciousness or you'll soon discover why "what goes around, comes around" is a horrible cliche.